The Yankees are looking to sell their Single-A short season affiliate, the Staten Island Yankees, marking the second time the Baby Bombers have been sold in the past five years, according to good friend of the blog Robert Pimpsner of Gotham Baseball.
The Yankees bought the team, along with Mandalay Sports Entertainment, five years ago and are selling amid a drop in ticket sales over the past couple of years. The total purchasing price is believed to be $8.3 million, a decent profit after purchasing the team for about $6 million in 2006.
Obviously the best news would be to see the Yankees retain their minor league team as then we would have some guarantee of having an affiliate locally. However the buyer is local and supposedly wants to keep the team a Yankee affiliate in Staten Island so that is great news for those of us who like making it out there every now and then for a game.
The Triple-A Scranton Yankees must relocate next season while their ball park undergoes renovations. Staten Island is rumored to be one of the possibilities for them to relocate to next season. If this sale possibly helps make that happen in anyway then this is really great news.
To anybody in the area who has never been to a Staten Island Yankees game, I recommend it. In a lot of ways it’s a better experience than going to see the real Bombers up in the Bronx.